Businesses will be barred from marketing cannabis edibles under New Zealand’s medical program, which kicks off in April, the government confirmed to Marijuana Business Daily, eliminating for now the opportunity for companies to capitalize on what could be a sizable market.

Some businesses had believed that doctors would be allowed to prescribe edibles.

A Health Ministry spokesperson said medical cannabis products are prescription medicines under the Medicines Act 1981. But the law effectively bars edibles.

“Section 3(1)(c)(ii) of the Medicines Act 1981 specifically states that medicine does not include any food within the meaning of section 2 of the Food Act 1981,” the spokesperson noted.

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No edibles under New Zealand’s medical cannabis scheme, government says